Here’s a brief rundown of some of the locations in book 1…

DARKSTON ABBEY

This is Alan Brash’s home.  It is a sprawling abbey set in its own forested river valley.  Alan Brash has spent a small fortune turning the ancient site into a sumptuous palace… with more than a few ‘hidden extras’.

DARKSTON WICK

Darkston Wick is the small town that has grown up around Darkston Abbey over the centuries.  Only the most favoured of Alan Brash’s employees are given houses there, set on narrow streets winding around hills and parks.  Darkston Wick is riddled with CCTV cameras and sealed off from the industrial town by electrified fences and guard towers.

DRUNKEN ABBOT

This is the grimy heart of Alan Brash’s empire, pumping out profit from the phenomenally successful Drunken Abbot Ale and Darkston Malt Whiskey. The massive breweries cast the derelict, terraced streets in permanent shadow with the only light coming from pub windows filled with the drunken workers. The families here are caught in a poverty trap of brewery housing and an addiction to the very drink they spend their daylight hours making.  No one ever leaves Drunken Abbot…

MAWN

Mawn is a small, remote island in the north of Scotland with an ancient keep rising out of a lake.  The whole island belongs to Jason Willow’s grandfather and the family spend many of their holidays there.  It is the closest thing to a permanent home Jason has ever had… and the lovely Laura McKenzie lives there as well…

SILENT HILL SCHOOL

A grey monolith brooding over the beautiful town of Darkston Wick, Silent Hill School used to serve as a House of Correction for the sinister monks who built the nearby abbey centuries ago.  Dark, cramped classrooms, deep catacombs and miles of stone-locked stairs and corridors are the battleground for two rival gangs and the all powerful prefects who run the school.

Want to explore?  Have a peek at chapter 1 and get a taste of the Scottish highlands in Mawn…